Empower young Alaskans with the skills to thrive in the outdoors. HoWL instructors lead youth aged 10-19 on expeditions around Kachemak Bay. Trip activities are varied and include backpacking, rock-climbing, paddle-boarding, and trail work. In the field, HoWL Instructors teach fundamental wilderness skills, such as fire-building and basic navigation, along with skills associated with the particular trip activities. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: acting silly, teaching camp cooking skills, distribution of hi-fives, leading by example, and preparations/cleanup before and after every trip. HoWL instructors also support participants to be leaders themselves by teaching about the diversity of styles and personalities that make great leaders. HoWL is a challenge-by-choice, fun-oriented organization, and instructors are responsible for maintaining safe situations while allowing for participant decision-making and spontaneity.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


*Wilderness First Responder certification
*Must pass a background check

Required Skills:

*Backcountry expedition or wilderness experience (guiding experience preferred)
*Ability to work and manage risks in remote and semi-remote wilderness locations
*Competency in fundamental outdoors skills

Preferred Skills:

*Experience in education/working with youth
*Rock climbing experience

About Homer Wilderness Leaders

Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) aims to facilitate positive outdoor experiences for Alaskan youth through fun-first adventures in local wilderness areas. Using outdoor experiential education, HoWL also seeks to empower local youth with the skills necessary to thrive and lead in wilderness settings. Teaching participants risk assessment and management tools is an important component of the HoWL philosophy.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, contact information for three references, and a resume (specifically highlighting skills and experience related to the requirements of the position) to HoWL’s Programs Director, Molly Mitchell, at [email protected]. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.